Education

Wise Up! A Guide to Portland’s Best, Weirdest, and Most Enlightening Educational Opportunities

Get smart, get crafty, or get cooking with the city’s coolest classes for grown-ups.

11/14/2016 Edited by Rebecca Jacobson

Wise Up: PCC

A Beginner’s Guide to Portland Community College

Ninety thousand students. Four main campuses. PCC can be tough to navigate, but here are three tips for taking the leap back to school.

11/14/2016 By Webb Wright

Wise Up: Learn Something New

Yes, You Can Study That: 29 Portland Classes You Didn’t Know Existed

Tuvan throat singing to hula dance to beekeeping, it’s time to get enlightened.

11/14/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Wise Up: Get Artsy

6 Places in Portland to Embrace Your Inner Artist

Darkroom photography to improv comedy, here are the city’s best spots to get artsy.

11/14/2016 By Ko Ricker

Wise Up: Get Crafty

Basket Weaving to Spoon Carving, WildCraft Offers Arts & Crafts for Grown-Ups

It’s like summer camp forever.

11/14/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Wise Up: Do It Yourself

5 Places in Portland to Get Your DIY On

Screen-printing to shoe cobbling, soapmaking to soldering, here are the city’s best places to make something with your hands.

11/14/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Wise Up: Alterna-Master's Degree

Reed College’s Only Graduate Program Puts Intellectual Exploration above Practical Payoff

Or, how to become a Reedie past age 22.

11/14/2016 By Zach Dundas

Wise Up: Humanity in Perspective

How a Class Designed for Low-Income Portlanders Changed One Mind—and Life

Mary Thompson grew up in the foster system and didn’t graduate from high school. Now she’s on a course to a writing career.

11/14/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Wise Up: Get Smart

7 Places in Portland to Exercise Your Brain

From literary seminars to an underground grad school, here are the city’s best places to stretch your mind.

11/14/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Wise Up: Get Cooking

6 Places in Portland to Up Your Kitchen IQ

Knife sharpening to cocktail making to pig butchery, here are the city’s best spots to build your kitchen skills.

11/14/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Light a Fire 2016: Best New Nonprofit

Curriculum of Cuisine Teaches Portland’s High School Kids Healthy Choices

The new nonprofit puts real chefs into local classrooms.

10/10/2016 By Ben Tepler

Light a Fire 2016: Extraordinary Board Member

How SMART Board Member Elizabeth Large Helps Create Confident Readers

Start Making a Reader Today pairs adult volunteers with in-need students.

10/10/2016 By Claire Colby

DIY

How to Do It (Mostly) Yourself at ADX

Tinker your ideas into existence at Portland’s “gym for making stuff.”

09/21/2016 By Katie Vaughan

PDX Index

The Raw Numbers on Carole Smith’s Time as PPS Superintendent

Beyond the lead fiasco.

08/15/2016 By Marty Patail

HEALTH NEWS

Oregon Quietly Increases Protections for Transgender Students

While other states battle Obama over bathroom rights, our department of education is fostering safe learning environments for everyone.

05/27/2016 By Molly Woodstock

GOOD EATS

What’s Cooking at Portland Public Schools?

Local nonprofit Curriculum of Cuisine brings the kitchen to the classroom.

04/13/2016 By Sylvia Randall-Muñoz

ESSAY

How Picking a School Splits Portlanders into Hostile Camps

It's all very genteel, but still.

03/25/2016 By Audrey Van Buskirk

EDUCATION

Inside Portland’s Schools

Explore the fast-changing landscape of local learning.

01/15/2016 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Zach Dundas, Fiona McCann, Rachel Grozanick, Katelyn Best, and Alex Madison Illustrations by Matthew Billington

INSIDE THE SCHOOL BOARD

Gentrification, Testing, and Social Justice: School Boards Sit at the Center of the Storm

How Portland’s volunteer education leaders cope with an impossible job.

01/15/2016 By Fiona McCann

TEST YOURSELF

Could You Handle the Brutal New Test Oregon Students Face?

The state’s Smarter Balanced test is a real doozy.

01/15/2016 By Ramona DeNies